Frame Drums 101:

Complete Frame Drum Course - Lap Style and Hand Held

Frame Drums 101 is a complete Frame Drum course on both Lap Style and Hand Held playing.  Drums typically used for these styles of playing are the Tar, Bendir or Bodhran.  The course contains over 6 hours of instructional video and over 40 PDF worksheets which contain all of the exercises and grooves from the course.

*Each week students will gain access to a new 30 minute video session along with PDFs.  The first 6 sessions are on Lap Style playing and the second 6 are on Hand Held. The course starts from the basics of holding the drum and playing basic strokes.  Within a few weeks you'll be learning Advanced Techniques such as Split Hand Technique, Snapping, Glen Velez Fast Fingerings, and playing with a brush in the left hand.

Having studied and worked with master frame drummer Glen Velez for 25 years, Yousif's teaching utilizes both South Indian vocalizations and the Glen Velez Handance method of stepping, playing and vocalizing simultaneously.   

The video lessons are divided into 5 groups: Guided Technique Instruction, Warm Up Exercises, Call and Response Sessions, Ratio Exercises and Grooves.  

Periodically we will be adding new grooves to the Groove Basket.  All students will be able to access the new grooves at any point in their study.  

The course concludes with a solo composition using material learned directly from the course.  A wonderful goal to showcase what you have learned on your recital or concert.

Drum Suggestions:  Looking to purchase a drum?  I highly recommend the Cooperman Glen Velez series Frame Drums.  They are lighter in weight and have a deep shell which makes both Hand Held and Lap Style playing much more comfortable.  A 15" Tar is a good all around drum to start with.  The 20" Bodhran is brilliant for Lap Style playing.  You can purchase drums directly from our duoJalal linked store.  

*Each week you will unlock a new 30 minute video session.  As some of you may have experience with the basics, Weeks 1 and 2 come as a pair as well as Weeks 7 and 8.  

What's included?

46 Videos
12 PDFs

Course Curriculum


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Yousif Sheronick
Yousif Sheronick

About the instructor

Yousif Sheronick has performed around the globe to critical acclaim, genre hopping with leading artists in the classical, world, jazz and rock music arenas. The New York Times hails Yousif for his “dazzling improvisations” and his “wizardry on a range of humble frame drums”. Of Lebanese descent, Yousif was recently featured in Drum! Magazine highlighting his versatility in an article titled “At The Corner Of The World”.

In demand as an educator, Yousif teaches private lessons and classes at his home in New York and has conducted residencies and master classes at top universities including Manhattan School of Music, University of Michigan, University of Kentucky, the Queensland Conservatorium and National University in Australia.

Yousif’s unique stills in both World and Classical music have led him to perform with Philip Glass, Yo-Yo Ma, Laurie Anderson, Lark Quartet, Ethos Percussion Group, Branford Marsalis, Sonny Fortune, Cindy Blackman Santana, Glen Velez and Paul Winter. His many musical influences are highlighted in duoJalal, his venture with violist and wife Kathryn Lockwood.

A major force in bringing world percussion into contemporary/classical music, Yousif has had the luxury of working with composers Evan Ziporyn, Derek Bermel, Kenji Bunch, Lev “Ljova” Zhurbin and John Patitucci, all of whom were eager to compose for his exotic instruments.

As a composer and arranger Yousif has contributed several solo and ensemble works resulting in performances of his music around the world. He has arranged several parts for his collaboration with the Lark Quartet including John Adams’ “Book of Alleged Dances” which was released on Bridge Records. His producing credits include a solo CD and two instructional DVDs. “A testimony to his genius” raves Modern Drummer Magazine about Yousif’s CD Silk Thread, and Rhythm Magazine (UK) says Yousif’s Riq Instructional DVD “is a must to uncover the mysteries of this ancient instrument.” He has appeared throughout North and South America, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia.

Yousif gratefully endorses products from Cooperman Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Innovative Mallets and Pearl/Adams.

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